Thursday, 16 June 2011

Lunar treat for you

I post on Monday about viewing last nights lunar eclipse on-line. Additionally Visit the Google home page today and you'll be treated to a playable movie of the eclipse, which turned the Moon a scary blood-red colour.

Drag the scroll bar underneath the logo to view individual stages of the cosmic event. Google updated its homepage through the night to feature the very latest image of the moon, using the Slooh space camera, which collects user photos of space events, and is partnering with Google Sky to map space.

Last night's eclipse was visible rising over South America, Africa and Europe, and was also visible from Asia and Australia. It was the first total lunar eclipse of the year, and lasted a total of 1 hour, 40 minutes and 52 seconds. It was a particularly dark eclipse too, because part of the moon passed through the very centre of the Earth's shadow. These rare total eclipses are known as Central lunar eclipses.

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